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VeloPress Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World - And Won
Geoff Drake with Jim Ochowicz, Forwards by Eric Heiden and Eddy Merckx
The 7-Eleven cycling team launched the careers of American cycling superstars Bob Roll, Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney, Ron Kiefel, and more. Written with the enthusiastic cooperation of the team members, Team 7-Eleven will delight cycling fans with behind-the-scenes stories of the team’s founding, growing pains, and lasting success as the team that established America as a powerhouse in the world of professional cycling.
Founded in 1981 by Jim Ochowicz and Olympic medalist Eric Heiden and sponsored by the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores, the team rounded up the best amateur cyclists in North America and formed them into a cohesive, European-style cycling team. As amateurs, they dominated the American race scene and won seven medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. As professionals, the team members went to Europe and soon received invitations to the Tour of Italy and then the Tour de France, putting Americans on the podium in landmark victories that would change the face of American cycling forever.
Team 7-Eleven is the most important missing piece in the story of American cycling; this is the book American cyclists have been waiting 30 years to read.